Po­lice use of force down, but of­fi­cer in­juries up

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A re­port pre­pared for the Win­nipeg Po­lice Board shows of­fi­cers were able to re­solve is­sues with­out the use of force in al­most all calls for ser­vice last year. The re­port says of­fi­cers were able to re­solve mat­ters 99.58 per cent of the time with­out re­sort­ing to a heavy hand. It says of­fi­cers used, or threat­ened to use, force to sub­due some­one once ev­ery 240 calls, and most of­ten re­lied on a Taser if a weapon was re­quired. Po­lice Chief Danny Smyth notes in the re­port that over the past five years, the num­ber of of­fi­cers re­port­ing in­juries has gone up — the likely re­sult of of­fi­cers us­ing less force than re­quired.

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